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The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It's the largest construction project in the City of Gulfport.
Construction crews are busy working six days a week on the new $200,000,000 Armed Forces Retirement Home.
A trio of eight story towers, now visible above the tree line, will replace the 11 story building battered by Hurricane Katrina.
After an early '08 ground breaking, the new and improved Armed Forces Retirement Home should be finished by July of next year.
"This building is designed to mitigate the effects of a hurricane, category five. And you can see that in the building structure alone, and the fact that all living spaces are elevated to 15 feet above grade, which basically will deal with the storm surge of that kind of magnitude of hurricane," said Steven Smith, project executive with the General Services Administration.
The 584 rooms in the new retirement home will be more than four times larger than in the old building: 425 square feet compared with around 100 square feet before.
Along with those rooms come plenty of amenities for the retired military.
"Well, it's a full fledged retirement home. It has recreation. It has a wellness center. There's four bowling alleys inside. There will also be an indoor boccie ball," said Smith.
The 200 plus former residents of the home, now living in Washington D.C., are able to keep a close watch on the progress of their future, new home. Thanks to a solar powered web camera they have instant access to view the construction site here in Gulfport.
"The way the web cam is set up, there's a photo taken every five minutes and they actually sit around, gather together and try to discern what the difference is between each photograph that appears to be refreshed on the web cam," Smith explained.
A separate project will refurbish the old chapel building. Original stained glass windows are already being restored at a studio in Philadelphia.
"We were able to contract with the original artisan who produced the stained glass," said Smith.
Once construction is finished, the first residents will return in the fall of 2010.
Another separate project is the rebuilding of the pedestrian walkway over Highway 90. Unlike the old structure, which was restricted to retirement home residents, the new walkover will be open to the general public.
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